Lewis Hamilton has shared an emotional tribute to DMX after the rapper’s death.
The American musician, best known for his song “X Gon’ Give It To Ya”, passed away on Friday aged 50 after a heart attack left him in a critical condition.
Tributes have poured in for the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, after he was taken into hospital earlier this month.
And Hamilton, who is seeking a record-breaking eight F1 Drivers’ Championship this year, added his tribute on social media.
Writing on his Twitter channel, the F1 star said: “I’m devastated to wake up to the death of DMX.
“I grew up listening to him, his words and stories got me through some difficult times as a kid and I’m so grateful for his wisdom and light.
“Gone too soon but I hope on to a more peaceful place. Rest in peace DMX.”
Simmons family released a statement following the rapper’s death which reads: “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.
“Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.
“Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.
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“We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized [sic].”
DMX’s death was caused after reportedly suffering a drug overdose that left him in a “vegetative state”.
Dad-of-15 DMX has been very open about his drug use in the past, revealing in an honest interview in 2020 that it all started in his early teens.
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